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A.C.N.M. Foundation, Inc. Scholarships and Awards

The following awards and scholarships are offered by the A.C.N.M. Foundation. Award applications currently being accepted have applications listed for download. Please click on the links to review this year's application materials. All submissions are accepted electronically at [email protected]

Recognition Awards/Honors


Dorothea M. Lang Pioneer Award – the Foundation’s most prestigious award!

  • To be awarded in 2015

The purpose of this award is to support unsung heroines of midwifery in a manner consistent with the spirit and energy of Dorothea Lang, CNM, MPH, FACNM, Past-President of ACNM and the A.C.N.M. Foundation.

Therese Dondero Award

The Therese Dondero Memorial Lecture Fund was established in 1986 to fund an annual lecture in honor of Therese Dondero, CNM and keep alive the midwifery goals and ideals that Therese represented as the founder of the North Central Bronx Nurse-Midwifery Service in New York.

Louis M. Hellman Midwifery Partnership Award

  • Application due January 15, 2015

The intention of this award is to present a national award of recognition to a obstetrician/gynecologist who has been a champion/supporter of midwifery practice. This is a joint award given by the A.C.N.M. Foundation, Inc., American College of Nurse-Midwives, and the Midwifery Business Network.

A.C.N.M. Foundation Staff Appreciation Award

  • To be awarded in 2015

This small monetary award is given annually to a member of the ACNM staff who through their activities as a staff member for ACNM best exemplifies the Foundation mission of supporting excellence in midwifery.

A.C.N.M. Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award

  • To be awarded in 2015

This non-monetary recognition is given in honor of one teacher from every ACME pre-accredited/accredited education program each year. Candidates are recommended by the students in each program.

Clinical Stars Award


This non-monetary recognition is given in honor of midwives in clinical practice for 25 or more years who are members of ACNM. Nominations are made by ACNM affiliates and local groups of midwives as a means of honoring their own stars.

Scholarships (Basic Midwifery & Graduate Education)


Basic Midwifery Student Scholarships

  • To be awarded in 2015

Basic Midwifery Student Scholarships are given to support midwifery students’ education expenses. The applicants are judged on academic excellence, financial need and leadership potential criteria. The purpose is to encourage individuals to pursue or complete basic midwifery education, thereby increasing the number, quality and diversity of certified nurse-midwives and certified midwives.

Midwives of Color-Watson Midwifery Student Scholarship

This is a Basic Midwifery Student Scholarship awarded to student midwives of color. The applicants are judged on academic excellence, financial need and leadership potential criteria. The purpose of this scholarship is to increase the number of midwives of color through support of scholarship awards, thereby increasing the number, quality and diversity of certified nurse-midwives and certified midwives.

GlaxoSmithKline - TUMS Calcium for Life Consumer Health Care Scholarship

The purpose and criteria of this scholarship are identical to the Basic Midwifery Student Scholarships.

Edith B. Wonnell CNM Scholarship

This Basic Midwifery Student Scholarship awarded to student midwives who intend to work in an out-of-hospital setting – birth center or home birth - upon graduation. The purpose and award criteria are identical to the Basic Student Scholarship.

A.C.N.M. Foundation Memorial Scholarship

The purpose and criteria of this scholarship are identical to the Basic Midwifery Student Scholarships. The scholarship is given by the ACNM Foundation Board (as funding allows) in memory of those for whom memorial donation have been given in the previous year.

A.C.N.M. Foundation Fellowship for Graduate Education

  • To be awarded in 2015

This award provides a monetary grant that allows CNM/CMs actively enrolled in doctoral or post-doctoral studies to pursue graduate education and research. Initiated and funded for 10 years by Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, more recently funding has come from The Teresa Marsico Endowed Scholarship. If Marsico funding is used, more specific eligibility criteria may apply because priority is to be given to minority students.

Sandy Woods Scholarship for Advanced Study – For Midwives of Color


This scholarship was established in honor of Sandy Woods, CNM, of Roosevelt Hospital on her retirement. It is awarded to midwives of color (CNM/CM) who are enrolled in doctoral education.

Other Student Opportunities


Varney Participant Award

  • To be awarded in 2015

This award enables student midwives to attend and participate in the ACNM Annual Meeting under the mentorship of an established leader in the field of midwifery. Originally the mentor was Helen Varney Burst; for whom the award is named; now the mentor is Mary Brucker.

Midwifery Legacy Project and Awards

  • To be awarded in 2015

This award is given to SNMs who participate in the Midwifery Legacy Project in which they meet and interview an elder midwife and record her/his story. Three awards are given annually to recognize excellence for students who submit an essay about what they learned from the midwife they interviewed and how their listening to the senior midwife may influence their midwifery career.

Global Health Awards


The Jeanne Raisler International Award For Midwifery


This award was created in memory of Jeanne Raisler, CNM, DrPH, FACNM, and her commitment to midwifery and to international women’s health issues. The award is intended to encourage midwives to become involved in global projects by helping to support an international experience or project that will benefit women in a developing country.

Bonnie Westenberg Pedersen International Midwife Award

  • To be awarded in 2016

This award honors the memory of Bonnie Westenberg Pedersen, CNM, and is given to an international midwife to encourage her/him to follow Bonnie's path of leadership, vision and significant contributions to the profession of midwifery and international reproductive health, particularly in developing countries.

Other Opportunities – Leadership, Research and Special Initiatives


W. Newton Long Award

  • To be awarded in 2015

This award is given to a midwife (CNM/CM) to fund projects which relate to the advancement of midwifery. The following types of activities may be eligible for this award: Advancement of midwifery clinical skills; advancement of midwifery through research and/or the dissemination of midwifery research; promotion of professional midwifery; presentations at medical or midwifery conferences; establishment of new midwifery practices/services; and/or study of different aspects of midwifery practice in the U.S. and abroad.

A.C.N.M Leadership Development Award


The purpose of this award is to improve leadership skills in business management and marketing of midwifery practices. CNMs/CMs are eligible to apply. The award is a monetary grant to help cover the costs of attending the Midwifery Business Network (MBN) meeting.

A.C.N.M. Foundation Community Awards

  • Application due Fall of 2014

These small grants are intended to support community projects that are designed or created to promote excellence in health care for women, infants and families worldwide. This award is ideal for midwives caring for underserved populations, retired midwives, and community activists.

Deanne R. Williams Public Policy Fellowship

  • Not awarded in 2014

This fellowship was established in honor of former ACNM executive director Deanne Williams’ long and distinguished career in midwifery and public policy. Funding for the first award, which led to the 2010 white paper entitled: “Positioning Midwifery in Health System Reform: A Policy Review” was augmented with funds from The Teresa Marsico Memorial Fund.

Rev. 6/12/14








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